NaNoWriMo gets all the press and Twitter love. But what about Camp NaNoWriMo?
You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to join Camp NaNoWriMo. You don’t even have to like camping to participate. If you want to write and reach a goal by the end of the month, then this writing challenge could be right for you.
For years, I wondered why only kids get the chance to run away from all their problems and express their creativity through the ritual we call summer writing camp. This is something adults want too!
Thanks to you, I know I’m not alone. I wrote this blog post last year to see if it was only me that wanted a seasonal escape. Turns out, hundreds of you also want to spend a week of your summer somewhere full of adventure where your creative writing can run wild.
Week 3 of National Novel Writing Month should feel like I’m closer to the end, but there’s still two weeks left! This week, I returned back to my normal routine but life kept throwing curveballs in between my creative writing sessions.
Here’s what I have been up to this week on My NaNoWriMo journey.
Week 2 of National Novel Writing Month—and it already feels like an entire month! This week, I’ve written thousands of words, discovered a writing strategy to keep me on track and am surprised by how well this story is shaping (even though several rounds of edits are in my future).
So, what have I been up to this week when it comes to My NaNoWriMo?
True fear is hard to convey, especially when writing a scary story. Sure, you can state that your character feels fearful, but fear is an art form better shown than told. And merely repeating the words “fear” and “dread” and “horror” and “panic” and “fright” and “alarm” and “scare” isn’t going to cut it.
You could go with the classics of rattling chains, splattering of blood and tormented groans. But that’s all been done before.
What you want is to chill your readers to the core. You want to see goosebumps. You want to haunt their nightmares.
I swear I’m doing it this time! Several times I’ve said in my blog posts that I’d take on Camp NaNoWriMo but I fall short. I even signed up last April with a project and cabin—but didn’t write one word.
Here’s how Camp NaNoWriMo goes for me: I pick out a writing project that I’m psyched to write, yet I find myself with the mantra “I’ll start it tomorrow” because of work and family commitments and errands until I find myself with the month over and no words written.